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Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation

Amanda Porterfield


Corporate Spirit describes the development of corporate institutions in the United States and the earlier history of corporate organization from which American institutions emerged. Beginning with the origins of legal incorporation in Roman antiquity, the book traces the development of corporate idealism and its violations in European and American history. It highlights the kinship between churches and commercial entities and the importance of corporate structures for understanding wealth and expansion in both areas. The book emphasizes the continuing influence of idealism about corporations a ... More

Keywords: accountability, American religious, history, Christianity, corportate idealism, corportate institutions, incorporation, legal incorporation, religion

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199372652
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199372652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda Porterfield, author
Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion, Florida State University

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